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The tea leaves told the story - 100 Word Story

She watched him sleeping soundly, wondering whether to wake him up. She decided to let him sleep till she had her tea. 

As she entered the kitchen, the mess made her smile exasperatedly. She had left the kitchen spic and span last night. There was a pile of used tea leaves in a bowl near the sink. 

The tea leaves told her the story of her son’s late night . He gets to sleep undisturbed for a few more hours, she decided.

Written in response to the prompt 'The tea leaves told the story' -


  1. Sweet! My mother always left a flask of coffee for me when I studied late! :)

    1. My mother would do so early in the morning, if needed. But late night tea and coffee, I would manage on my own...
      But they are such beautiful memories, Corinne, aren't they?

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    1. The best possible friend... an understanding mother. It is just that at times, it takes us years to appreciate what we have...

  3. Only a mother can smile at the mess made by the kids

    1. And I think a mother can only smile at the mess that is made by her kids, not at any other mess :)

  4. When the kids leave for hostel, the mother longs for the mess they used to leave behind. Lovely post

    1. Thanks, Sulekkha. It is true, we do miss the kids when they go to hostel. On the other hand, they do need to learn to fly on their own...

  5. haha!! I always do that at night, messing the kitchen with leaves:)

    1. It's a lovely and secure feeling to have someone smiling at the mess you would make. Isn't it, Vishal?


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